RCMP Report: Grass fire deliberately set

Golden Fire-Rescue contacted RCMP again this week after they attended a grass fire near 13th Street and 11th Ave. North on April 29.

Snowshed Collision

A driver from Edmonton reported that she had sustained no injuries after colliding into one of the snowsheds in Roger Pass on April 26.

“The driver advised police that she had misjudged the curve in the road as she entered the tunnel,” said Golden-Field RCMP spokesperson, Cst. Spencer Lainchbury.

The vehicle was towed back to Golden where the minor damage was repaired before she continued on her way.

Attempted Break and Enter

Police are looking for witnesses after pry marks were found on the door of a residential trailer on Lafontaine Road on April 26. The owner reported to police that the door appeared to be damaged, and when police attended they observed what appeared to be recent pry marks on the wooden door frame. Anyone with information in regards to this attempted break and enter is asked to contact the Golden RCMP at 250-344-2221 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Drunk Passenger

Police were called to assist in removing a passenger from a Greyhound bus on April 26, after he was reported to be heavily intoxicated and touching other passengers on the bus.

“We were able to locate the male on the bus and escorted him off at the request of the driver,” advised Cst. Lainchbury.

The male was then taken to hospital to be assessed by a doctor as police became concerned when the male stated to police that he had taken a mixture of alcohol and drugs, and had no desire to live. After being cleared by a doctor, the male was lodged in RCMP cells until sober, and then released. No charges are expected in relation to this incident.

Stolen Vehicle Found

The Golden RCMP Traffic Services unit located a stolen vehicle on 11th Avenue North during the early morning hours of April 27, after observing the parked vehicle had no licence plate.

Queries of the vehicle identification number showed that the vehicle had been stolen in Alberta earlier in the evening. An examination of the vehicle was then done to try and obtain fingerprints, however no suitable prints were found on or in the vehicle.

Vehicle Damage

The Golden-Field RCMP received a call during the early morning hours of April 27 after the owner of a vehicle noticed that her back and rear passenger side windows had been smashed out of her vehicle while parked on 11th Street South.

“At this time we don’t believe that this was a random incident, and are looking to speak with a possible suspect,” stated Cst. Lainchbury.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact police.

Phone Scams

Police would like to remind people to be cautious with unknown callers asking for personal information or money after receiving another report of fraudsters attempting to obtain $5,700 from a local resident.

“The male received a phone call from someone posing as a Canadian Immigration employee,” Cst. Lainchbury advised. “The caller then demanded that he be paid $5,700, or the long-time Canadian resident would face deportation.”

The complainant refused to send money and contacted police immediately.

Driving without License

A rental vehicle was towed from a local gas station on April 29, after police determined that the driver did not have a valid driver’s licence.

“We initially pulled the vehicle over after it was observed driving through a stop sign on the Highway 1 Frontage Road and 14th street,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “Further queries revealed that nobody in the vehicle was qualified to drive it according to the rental agreement, and the vehicle was towed at the request of the rental company.”

The 19 year-old driver from Red Deer, AB was issued a $276 violation ticket for driving without a driver’s licence and a $167 ticket for failing to obey the stop sign.

Grass Fire

The Golden Fire-Rescue contacted RCMP again this week after they attended a grass fire near 13th Street and 11th Avenue North on April 29.

“It appears that this fire was deliberately set, and that it is most likely linked to similar fires set in town limits over the past couple weeks,” advised Cst. Lainchbury. Anyone with information regarding any of the fires is asked to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Vehicle on the Run from Police

RCMP from Golden-Field general duty section and traffic units attempted to stop a vehicle on Highway 1 on April 27 after it failed to stop for police in Revelstoke during a traffic stop.

“The vehicle also refused to stop for police in Golden, and an attempt was made to stop the vehicle using a spike belt just east of town,” stated Cst. Lainchbury. “Unfortunately the deployment was unsuccessful, and the vehicle continued eastbound.”

Police in Alberta were advised of the incident however the vehicle, which had an obscured licence plate, was never located.